As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
A Lack of Charity
The compass ceased its frenzied pulsing and began to bleed from its seams. Will stopped the car. Originally a pristine pearl white, the Buick was now a beaten up and weary warhorse that was always eager for rest.
He was here. Wherever here was.
A field of golden wheat stretched from the highway. A man, shadowed against the deepening reds of dusk, was finishing his work. Will tensed. This must be Chainer. The compass always led to Chainer. He entered the field. The air was heavy with dust.
So, why did we take this story? We didn’t at first. My advice to the author was to sub this to the horror zines, but if he was inclined to take a stab at revising with my extensive notes in mind, we’d be happy to take another look. Happily for us, he did revise and the revision was so much stronger that I had no hesitation about sharing it with the other editors. It did well enough (two thumbs up and two maybes) that we accepted the rewrite contingent on his willingness to rework the opening to remove some false mystery. The original was 4000 words; the rewrite came in at 3000 words; final edit is 2650 words. The power that was always there now shines even brighter.
Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.
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